Aerial Views of Flooding in St. Landry and Pointe Coupee Parishes
NBC 33's Tammi Arender and Andrew Capasso traveled with a Louisiana State police pilot to survey flooding caused by the Morganza Spillway opening. Water had inundated acres and acres of land that had not seen water since 1973. Some soybean and corn crops are now flooded. But not as many homes and structures were impacted as previously thought. St. Landry Parish on Monday lifted a mandatory evacuation. The mandatory evacuation remains in effect for livestock and residents living on the east side of the levee, but most of the roughly 2,000 residents who were ordered to evacuate by May 15 will be allowed to return home. A voluntary evacuation remains in effect for areas that were subject to the mandatory evacuation order, including neighborhoods outside the ring levees in Krotz Springs and Melville. Parish President Don Menard said recent changes in the forecasts indicate that backwater from the rising water won't cause extensive damage in the evacuated areas.